Do you suffer from chronic headaches, neck, shoulder or back pain?
These symptoms can all be linked to TMD – which is a disorder of the jaw joint. Luckily often jaw pain and TMD can be managed and corrected through simple dental appliances that can be truly life-changing.
What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is the term used when your teeth and jaw are out of their correct alignment. This may cause a variety of significant oral and general health problems. Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the ball and socket joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. It’s one of the most flexible and frequently used joints in your body, enabling you to move your jaw freely so you can speak, chew, yawn and laugh.
Some symptoms of TMD include:
Factors that can contribute to the development of TMD:
What's the best way to treat TMD?
Neuromuscular dentistry looks at the relationship between the teeth, surrounding muscles and the jaw joints. When these three factors are not ‘working together’ this is when you experience the associated pain. It is possible to correct these joint, muscle and teeth issues by having a custom splint made by The Dental Practice team. These splints which look like a mouthguard fit over your teeth. They can provide relief for much of the symptoms caused by TMD.
Alternatively TMD may be treated by simply adjusting the bite of your opposing upper and lower jaws.
Begin your journey to free yourself from discomfort with one of our TMJ Consultations today.
Take a small step forwards and book your TMJ Consultation with our dentist Burwood team today and finally be free from the burden and discomfort you have experiencing.